Photographs from India Post-Independence

About the Collection

The 36 photographs from India post-independence that have been digitized in this collection were found in 2002, in a manila envelope, while cleaning out a file cabinet used for storage. Since then the photographs have been housed in the Preservation Department at the University of Hawai'i Library.

Some of the photographs in this collection were distributed by the Press Information Bureau, Government of Indian; other photographs were for the purposes of the United States Information Service (USIS – an information dissemination service of the U.S. Information Agency, which was established by Eisenhower in 1953, during the Cold War era, and continued operations until 1999).

Several photographs in the collection are described in attached notes, and those notes have been transcribed and accompany the respective images in this collection. Some photographs have only location information, and others have no information.

This collection is unique because it gathers a particular set of images in one location, and makes it easily accessible through the internet. It is the second digitization project at the University of Hawai'i Library that focuses on a South Asian subject.

Following the digitization project, the photographs will be treated as artifacts, preserved in an album, and stored in the Asia Collection's Special Collections Room at the University of Hawai'i Library.

This digitization project was developed and coordinated by the South Asia Librarian in the Asia Collection at Hamilton Library (University of Hawai'i), and created by an intern from the Library and Information Science Graduate Program at the University of Hawai'i. It was completed in Fall 2010.

Digitization Procedures

Images were scanned at 300 dpi and saved at four different resolutions.